With President Joe Biden’s Thursday announcement trumpeting the supply of COVID-19 vaccines will meet the demand, U.S. citizens can look forward to skipping quarantine protocols as soon as their second shot takes hold.
You have the second shot of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine? You are fully vaccinated against coronavirus and can erase worry if exposed to someone infected with the virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
But hold on a second.
Those precautions you’ve been taking remain very important; you just don’t have to quarantine.
“Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19,” the CDC said in updates to its web page with guidance on vaccination.
Biden announced Thursday his administration placed a final order for 200 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Those are scheduled to be delivered by July and would bring to 600 million the doses available.
For those who were not math majors, that means: There are just more than 300 million Americans, the vaccines require two doses and if everyone goes all-in that means most of the U.S. would receive vaccinations by late summer.
The 400 million doses that the Trump administration had already ordered from Pfizer and Moderna are well down the road – and into the arms of the population.
The good news always has a caveat, though, and with this pandemic it’s always something.
The CDC is not certain how long protection lasts, so people whose shots were administered more than three months ago should still quarantine if they are exposed.
They also should quarantine if they show symptoms, the CDC said.
Well, of course.